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The Euros 2016 (UEFA European Championship) is currently being held around France, in many stadiums across the country. The cities of Marseille, Nice, Bordeaux, Paris, Lille and Lyon to name a few, will attract many foreigners and fans ahead of the Euros 2016. The opening game, France vs Romania, commenced on the 10 June and luckily for the host country, they beat Romania 2-1 at the Stade de France in Paris which puts France in great position.
The first England game was held in Marseille and all was well until the violence began (even before the football match had started). Both English and Russian fans caused havoc but the media states that Russian fans ran at English fans in the stadium, meaning women and children were caught in the stampede. According to The Guardian, some Russian fans who are trained hooligans, named ‘ultras’, committed acts of violence on innocent people and were a kind of ‘military organisation’. The shocking violence at these matches have meant that it has not been a safe environment for children, the elderly, or anyone! French police have had to use tear gas and pepper spray in order to break up fights. The violence is continuing at several different stadiums across France. The football scores should be making the headlines at this great sporting event, yet instead the violence of hooligans continues to shock and horror the fans who simply want to watch the matches unharmed, without getting caught up in the violent crowds.
Russia has ignored UEFA’s threat to remove their country from the Euros, and continue to be violent, as seen during the match at Lille where Russia lost to Slovakia. Alcohol could play a major part in the violence as many fans drink throughout the day, therefore when the football match kicks off in the evening, they are often drunk which leads to more unnecessary violence. Additionally, many hooligans have been arrested, for carrying weapons for example, which should indicate to French security that more needs to be done to prevent hooligans and other people from entering the stadium armed. Action needs to take place in terms of security at the stadiums and also bars should not serve alcohol to those hooligans who continue to be violent. It is clear that the football tournaments are making the headlines for all the wrong reasons and the behaviour is simply unacceptable.
However, as well UEFA threatening Russia with the fact that they could be banned from the Euros, approximately 29 individuals have been deported to Russia, following the violence in Marseille. To add to this, UEFA have fined the Russian Football Federation. All of this violence simply gives Russia, England and any of the other countries whose fans have caused provocation, a bad name. The headlines have recently been based around the necessity for England fans to 'behave responsibly' and it can only be hoped that the violence will soon stop so that football fans can enjoy watching the matches without any fear.